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Left 4 Dead 3 – Everything we know


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Valve might actually be able to count to three after all, if a series of leaks concerning the third entry in the Left 4 Dead franchise ring true. The post-apocalyptic zombie shooter was a global hit across its 2008 and 2009, but the series has had nothing from Valve ever since.

Details on Left 4 Dead 3 remain relatively sparse, if indeed the game exists at all, we’ve compiled all the information currently circulating, including some new features we’d like to see. The post-apocalyptic zombie shooter has proven to be a global hit since its inception in 2008, and it seems fans are clamouring like the undead for more.

We'll be updating this page if and when any new information is revealed, so be sure to bookmark it.

What is Left 4 Dead 3?

Left 4 Dead 3 is the rumoured third entry in Valve’s co-operative action shooter, once again pitting you and a selection of unlucky friends against hordes of zombies.

Recent titles placed an intense focus on multiplayer action, so we can expect this to make a welcome return.

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Left 4 Dead 3 release date – When is it coming out?

We have no idea. Valve is yet to even acknowledge the existence of Left 4 Dead 3, beyond a few subtle leaks, so an official release date is put a pipe dream at this point.

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It’s worth noting that the release gap between Left 4 Dead and Left 4 Dead 2 was incredibly small, so Valve may just spring the third installment on us out of nowhere, as it's long overdue.

Valve recently announced it has three full virtual reality titles in development. As expected, the internet is now speculating whether any of these could be Half Life 3 related. Personally, we'd love to see Left 4 Dead 3 in VR.

Left 4 Dead 3 gameplay – How does it play?

Valve has never been a developer to stray too far from what it knows best, and the same could be said for Left 4 Dead 3. Portal 2, Half Life 2 and Team Fortress 2 all set new standards for their respective genres, pushing the boundaries in terms of mechanics and in-game storytelling.

Left 4 Dead 3 has the potential to follow in such footsteps, pushing its insane co-operative action to infectious new heights. The fast-paced action will no doubt return with brutal, innovative new ways of dispatching the undead through a series of unique scenarios.

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It’s difficult to determine what changes Valve could make to the established formula considering its already so iconic in the gaming landscape. Existing mechanics will likely be refined in ways that make the gameplay feel consistently smoother, bloodier and more satisfying.

Left 4 Dead 3 – What we’d like to see

Character customization

The cast of characters in previous games have proven to be vast, varied and sometimes hilarious. By combining unique characters with overblown personalities Left 4 Dead crafted its own distinct identity. We’d love to see this expanded even further with in-depth character customization.

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In recent months we’ve seen games like Overwatch make addicts of players with its selection of skins and sprays for its slew of playable heroes. Left 4 Dead 3 could easily replicate such an experience by giving us the option to customise its characters to our liking.

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Better replay value

The replay value in Left 4 Dead has always been impressive thanks to the unpredictable AI Director, changing where and when you might encounter the infected. Unfortunately, the limited selection of maps made this feature feel underwhelming, making each encounter a matter of endurance as opposed to tension.

Left 4 Dead 3 could solve this issue in a number of ways, whether it be through a larger variety of maps or more diverse enemies.

Virtual reality support

Valve has already shown its keen interest in virtual reality with the launch of HTC Vive, so what better way to flaunt this new medium with a juggernaut franchise like Left 4 Dead? The act of dispatching the undead has already been shown in VR with the likes of Virtually Dead and Arizona Sunshine, and Left 4 Dead 3 could take this to the next level.

Imagine clutching your controller in the midst of a dynamic virtual environment swarming with infected beasties. It has the potential to be a terrifyingly brutal power fantasy where you can take on the swarms alone, or with a group of tech-savvy friends.

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If this comes to fruition it will have to be an optional avenue of play given how large an audience Valve must appeal to. Regardless, a major franchise such as this adopting VR so confidently would be huge for the medium.

More varied combat

The addition of melee weapons in Left 4 Dead 2 was fantastic, showing just how much you could achieve with a simplistic suite of weapons and such refined gameplay mechanics. Despite this, combat felt as if it lacked impact, immediately growing repetitive as you sliced through yet another bombardment of enemies.

An updated combat system that feels more impactful, varied and satisfying would be much appreciated. The odds of Left 4 Dead 3 coming to Source Engine 2 is pretty high, which should bring with it a slew of worthwhile improvements to the established formula.

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Such improvements should also make solo-play far more viable than ever before. Left 4 Dead’s appeal has always lied with dispatching hordes of undead alongside your friends, and this, unfortunately, isn’t for everyone.

What would you like to see from Left 4 Dead 3? Let us know in the comments!


July 15, 2016, 1:08 pm

The community created skins for characters and weapons and everything else I think, at least for the PC. Might not be as convenient as in game customisation, but it was available and a lot of high quality ones too.

Pablo whiteggy

September 16, 2016, 3:51 am

my game looks like l4d4 too much graphic improving that i cant see anything because it looks too real

Simon Evans

December 12, 2016, 12:25 am

Your title states "left 4 dead 3 - everything we know" then by the end the article I realise you've told me nothing. Do you know nothing. I always look out for your reviews before anyone elses but this is pointless


December 20, 2016, 2:59 pm

"Left 4 Dead 3 – Everything we know" Could have just said nothing, This article is useless and trash.


January 2, 2017, 11:55 pm

no one has noticed, the first 2 paragraphs repeat themselves.

Conor Cruise

January 12, 2017, 5:04 pm

I think if they implemented your suggestions it would completely ruin left 4 dead, it was brilliant for its simplicity, adding in stupid over done character customization like all the other crap games coming out now isn't needed, VR support is a stupid phase and will take from the normal play of the game, More varied combat could be good and I'm sure will be implemented like the second one though I hope its a few new weapons and zombies and not over done

slippery johnson

February 10, 2017, 11:33 pm

L4D2 never gets old on Steam. I have over 200 custom campaigns. Many of them better than anything Valve gave me. It's almost like I have L4D3+ !! However I would like to see a new installment. I would Like them to pretty much leave it alone. It works great. Add new weapons etc., but don't mess with the mechanics.


February 11, 2017, 6:14 am

This is just click bait trash. Same trash repeated over and over again. Just sell the L4D rights to someone else Valve.


March 7, 2017, 3:10 am

Used to seeing rubbish articles like this every so often tbh, there's so much more they could do with L4D.. they really need to hurry up and release the damn thing already.

More weapon variety, more level variety, more enemy variety.. area specific enemies, maybe mutated animals/creatures as well as human infected.. i already sent Valve some ideas a few years back about some ways to help the game.

They need to add multiple escape points as well, and something to help stop rushers.


March 12, 2017, 8:20 am

i wish they would release the source code for the original L4D like they did with Hl2 source

And let the community real do something amazing with that now dated tech that we all felt went sadly under explored. The first game was so amazing, the second game coming 1 year later with a greatly modified engine, many feel shifted the L4D franchise to a more console/controller friendly platform, long before it was time.

Left 4 Dead 1 had plenty of legs left, and really could have had some amazing expansions, the ability to make new maps and all that is great, but until new special infected can be created, the mod-ability is severely limited.

Jc Crowe

March 25, 2017, 4:27 am

I absolutely disagree about the whole playability thing. The game has been out almost 10 years now and there are still plenty of people playing it having nothing less than a great time. I still play it regularly myself because it's just such a great game. I also don't want them to change a whole bunch of things unnecessarily because that ruins games. They shouldn't make anymore changes from 2 to 3 as they did 1 to 2. Some new characters, enemies, weapons, throwables, maps, etc. Nothing major. Keep it original. There's a reason people like the game.


March 26, 2017, 3:54 pm

The absence of zooming with fire weapons always bothered me. I'd like to see that along with a longer campaign, more enemy and map variety.


March 26, 2017, 3:56 pm

Awesome replay value! Too bad for us console players though.


March 31, 2017, 2:57 pm

What the hell is LFD?

Jon Blake

April 13, 2017, 2:19 am

I have been playing this with a brand new graphics 1080 nvidia card and it is absolute amazing. I catch myself just looking at the awesomeness.
1. Have you ever noticed the eyes blink and look from side to side? Just like in real life...amazing.
2. The chainsaw smoke...well..it is impressive..Just like real..the smoke trail if a fine mist and spot on..
3. The water in the pools have depth and amazingness.
Hard to belive that this game is 10yrs old. it was indeed way beyond its years.
Now COME ON Valve-Dice...You are missing out on $$ . Make LFD3 NOW!!! WHAT THE HELL ARE YOU WAITING FOR??


April 28, 2017, 3:28 pm

Would love to see in L4D3...
1: anything is a weapon (If you use a chair and it breaks now you have 4 clubs/legs)
2: Google Earth & Citydata type maps. (Real world maps with real population numbers = more zombies, And longer campaigns)
3: option to turn off specials but have each special replaced with 3 hordes.
That's it, leave everything else alone.

Randolph Booth

May 3, 2017, 3:39 pm

exactly, i played l4d/2 consistently (constantly haha) for about 5 years and never got bored. It looks and plays great and no 2 games are ever the same. If your team is good there is nothing else quite like it. All l4d3 needs is new maps, characters and weapons and maybe a few map-specific special infected to mix things up (although the roster of specials shouldn't be too large as it just leads to balancing issues. 2 nailed it in this regard imho). I wouldn't even mind if they kept the graphics the same as the source engine has a really tight look and feel that just works, also there isn't any clutter, just clear yet subtle visual clues and consistently good level design to lead you through the maps. Things like character customisation would just lead to needless and constant confusion. I know coach is wearing a purple shirt and ellis is wearing a baseball cap and louis is wearing a white shirt so i can identify them immediately. If i'm playing with randoms and someone says heal Francis i don't want to have to discern if francis is the guy in the medievel jousting helmet or the guy in a pair of cycling shorts, a boob tube and pair of rubber gloves


May 3, 2017, 7:07 pm

Valve games on consoles = 8/10
Valve games on PC = 10/10

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